How-to Root / Unroot your Android S5!
To experience the best and also be able to install some apps and games you’ll need to first root your android phone by means of software and your computer. This process is a very hard and will take about 15 to 20 minutes for you to complete which will result in a rooted Samsung Galaxy S5 phone.
Some benefits of having your Samsung Galaxy S5 rooted include being able to run applications that need elevated permissions. By default, your phone is quite lockdown for security reasons just to be on the safe side. But you can disable this if you really want to and that’s were going to show you to do on this page.
Cautions / Other Info
This tutorial guide does not apply to the AT&T or Verizon version!! Please search site for that version.
This process may remove all the data from your phone so you may need to make a backup.
This tutorial also does not cover installing a custom ROM on your device after rooting.
This method will work with the following models:
- SM-G900T T-Mobile Galaxy S5
- SM-G900P Sprint Galaxy S5
- SM-G900R4 US Cellular Galaxy S5
- SM-G900T1 Metro PCS Galaxy S5
- SM-G900W8 Canadian Galaxy S5
- SM-G900F International/European/Asian Galaxy S5
- SM-G900M Middle East/South America Galaxy S5
- SM-G900H International Exynos Galaxy S5
You May Need
by Samsung [Samsung]
S5 Android Rooting Tutorial
You need to be careful while following these directions and also take your time. If you aren’t comfortable with doing this type of stuff to your Galaxy S5 then scroll to the bottom of this page for more options.
Ready? Let’s begin!
- To begin, turn off your Samsung Galaxy S5. After it has been powered off hold down the volume down button, center home button on the front as well as the power buttons altogether for 3 – 5 seconds until you see a warning screen.
- Afterwards, go ahead and hit volume up you should see a “Downloading…” screen.
- Go ahead and connect a USB cable between your phone and your computer so that they can communicate when we run the software.
- After this, you will need to do some file preparation with the rooting software that you’ll need to download:
- Download ODIN
- Download Philz Touch CWM recovery
- Download SuperSU
- After you have downloaded the software lets go ahead and do the following to prepare to unlock your Galaxy S5.
- Unzip the Odin3v185.zip archive to a folder somewhere such as your desktop. Inside of this folder you will have an executable program as well as other files that can be unzipped, do not unzip these files!
- To start this Android phone rooting program go ahead and double-click on the executable named odin3 v1.85.exe that you just saw in the folder. There’ll be a box that’s highlighted yellow with a random COM port number that corresponds to your computer’s USB connection. If you don’t see this you more than likely need to either connect your phone to your computer via USB cable or install the USB drivers for your phone’s model. If you haven’t already proceed to download and install the USB phone drivers. Then repeat this step. After you do you should see the box that’s highlighted yellow.
- After you have things working go ahead and click on the PDA button, then select the recovery file named “Philz Touch CWM”. Doing this will return you to the main window where you can and should click on start. You should notice that a progress meter is indicating your phone being flashed. If you don’t have this file you can download it here.
- After this process is complete you should see “PASS!”, if you do not, then there was quite possibly a mistake made somewhere. If successful, your phone should now be rebooting itself.
- Once your phone has rebooted, you need to transfer the ‘SuperSU‘ file over to your phones internal storage.
- Proceed to turn your S5 off once again. Afterwards press and hold down the volume up key, center home key, and the power buttons together again for about 3 – 5 seconds til you see “RECOVERY BOOTING” on your screen. Once you see that you can release all the buttons.
- At this point you should be inside of the Philz Touch CWM where you can choose to “Install ZIP”.
- Next, choose the option “Choose zip from /sdcard”.
- Now you’ll want to choose the SuperSU zip that you had copied to your internal storage. This file is largely responsible for being able to root your phone.
- After this rooting process is complete reboot your Samsung Galaxy S5.
- After your phone boots back up you’ll see a new app icon named SuperSU. Tap on it to start it.
- You almost complete, you need to click on okay when the application asks you if you want to block KNOX, an annoying Samsung program that does not like rooted phones.
Now your phone should be 100 percent rooted and should be able to run applications that require elevated permissions.